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The Non-Toxic Avenger: What You Dont Know Can Hurt You Paperback – November 29, 2011
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Deanna Duke provides wonderful insights in this very personal exploration of the toxic chemicals hidden in every single part of our lives. An important and timely guide to understanding our toxic world. - Bruce Lourie, co-author Slow Death by Rubber Duck
In The Non-Toxic Avenger, Deanna Duke lays out what could otherwise be confusing information in a straightforward, non-hysterical, and relatable way. The beauty of this book is that readers can apply Deanna's nontoxic avenging in small or large ways, taking as tiny or as enormous a step as they like. Either way, it will make readers think a little harder about the things we humans surround, slather, coat, and feed ourselves with. It was an eye-opener for me. - Ree Drummond,author of
There are a lot of things in this book you probably think you'd rather not know. Not knowing, however, doesn't reduce your risk or improve your life. Deanna Duke is brave enough to want to know, and wise enough to give us the information we truly need in a way that enriches. This is an important, funny, wonderful and courageous book that you truly do want to read.
- Sharon Astyk, author, Depletion and Abundance and Independence Days and science writer.
Wow! That's the only way to describe Deanna Duke's heart-stopping, eye-popping, head-shaking quest to figure out what toxic chemicals threaten not only her life and the lives of the people she loves, but the lives of each and every one of us as well. Start this book and don't stop until you're done. Yes, you'll cry. But you'll also laugh. And then, hopefully, you'll get busy -- clearing out your cupboards, writing to your elected officials, and telling everyone you know that they MUST read this incredible, courageous, inspiring book, too.
- Diane MacEachern, author, Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World
Duke offers a revealing look at the dangers lurking within our clothing, food, and household products -- her personal battle against these is at once deeply moving and totally hilarious. - Vanessa Farquharson, author, Sleeping Naked is Green
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The author begins by discussing the reasons for this project - her husband and son's diagnoses, and her newly acquired knowledge that many chemicals which she believed were regulated by government agencies were not. Her plan for the project is pretty simple. She'll get tested (both blood and urine tests) for specific chemicals found in our man-made environment, try to remove as many toxin exposures as possible over several months, and then get retested. The first question is, does her daily life lead to any abnormally high toxic loads? The second question is, can she reduce these loads by reducing exposure? The third question is, can she live with the changes necessary to reduce the toxins?
The author leaves no stone unturned as she addresses the very high levels of various phthalates and parabens in her system. She looks at exposures from food, indoor and outdoor air, clothing coatings (to reduce flammability), all the way to yoga mats, hula hoops, and Halloween costumes. Did she succeed in reducing her exposure? You'll have to read the book to find out!
The book is well-written with many humorous anecdotes. Ms. Duke is definitely not anti-science and is willing to say when changes are simply not doable in her life. The information on the lack of regulation regarding various chemicals, and the differences between the European and U.S.Read more ›
Amazing, amazing book. I seriously just can't say enough - and I've been mentioning it to many people I know.
it's really shocking that more of us are not in worse shape for all the chemical exposure to which we are subjected on a daily basis.
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Total admiration that she took the time to document her journey in trying to figure things out. Hopefully her husband is okay.Published on November 5, 2013 by Maria
I really thought I was living pretty healthy until the author pointed out that it isnt just food we need to worry about. It is also what we wear, put on our skin, etc. Read morePublished on December 11, 2012 by travis l coleman
I found this extemely disappointing. It was somehow an exhausting and confusing read, there was so much densely packed material, side by side, with what many would consider glaring... Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Julietta Cochrane